Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was among the 50-plus people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme on Tuesday, and Twitter took no time before commenting on the former Full House star's foray into the limelight.
The mastermind of the scheme, William "Rick" Singer, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
As for applicants wrapped up in the $25 million cheating controversy, the university says those "in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the scheme alleged by the government will be denied admission to USC".
Gordon Caplan, who prosecutors say paid $75,000 a year ago to have some of his daughter's wrong answers corrected on a college entrance exam, was placed on leave from his post as co-chairman of the global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, the company said on Wednesday.
A Florida prep school administrator has been suspended from his school after he was accused of taking college admissions tests for students as part of a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed coaches and others to get their children into elite universities.
Announcing the indictments Tuesday - the result of an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues - Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of MA, said the parents charged represent "a catalog of wealth and privilege".
Loughlin stood with her lawyer in the Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday, March 13, and didn't speak except to answer "yes" to the judge's questions.
The biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted in the USA is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege.
Giannulli and his wife are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters - Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade - into the University of Southern California by being designated as recruits to the USC crew team even though they did not participate in crew, court documents said.
In one YouTube post, she talked about the difficulty of juggling her career with school, and said she didn't know how much she would actually attend. "I think I'm in complete denial, I really am, because when I think about it too much it will make me cry". "Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward".
He's faces charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
The coaches worked at colleges including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
It's now unclear what will happen to the teen's college career, as USC is reviewing the students now enrolled thanks to the scandal on a case-by-case basis. "I don't know if I was supposed to say that, but it's OK". None of the schools or the students has been charged in the case.